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There is a reason that moving home is one of the top 5 most stressful events in your life. There is so much to do and think about when you move home; it is only natural to worry that you have missed anything. Add children to the mix, and moving home can be a recipe for disaster. So how can you reduce stress levels and be an expert organizer in time for the big move?

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Prep Early

Write yourself a timeline of your moving dates and what commitments you have between now and then. Include work, children’s clubs, social events, birthdays, etc. This will allow you to see what time you have left to pack and prep so you can start early and avoid the last-minute rush the week of your move.

Book in your Removalist experts to ensure they have the availability you need. If you leave this too late, you may find it costs you more, or you cannot find the right company for your needs.

Lists Are Your Friend

Do you need to have any work done on your new home or any small repairs taken care of before moving? These need to be booked in asap, so you are not worried about jobs running overtime. Then list all of the details you need to change your address for, driving license, taxes, healthcare, insurances, etc. Set up any mail redirects if required too.

Use online calendars or organizers, notes apps on your phone, or good old pen and paper.

Break it Down

Room by room first. Then break it down even more. For example, a child bedroom can be broken down like this;

  • Clothing that is currently worn. 
  • Too small or out-of-season clothing.
  • Books
  • Toys
  • Soft Furnishings
  • Ornaments or wall décor
  • Furniture
  • Electricals
  • Essential items such as comforters or a teddy they cannot sleep without.

Then make a list of what you can reasonably pack away without being disturbed, to what needs to be packed last. This will give you a timeline to work towards.

Label Everything

Once something is packed away, it needs a label asap. If you can, take a picture of the contents on your phone and give it a label too, so it corresponds with the label on the box. This way, you will know what is in it without opening it, and if you have misplaced anything, you can look through your phone instead of opening boxes. Make a note of the label on your master packing or to-do list to help you stay as organized as possible.

Consider Storage Space

If you have many items in your home or need more organization, it could be an idea to book self-storage space. Having this space can allow you to store boxes you have packed outside the home until you are ready to move. Ask your removalists if they provide this service as you could qualify for a discount for taking out additional services. Then when moving day comes, your boxes can be loaded onto the moving van directly from the storage facility.

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Kori is a late diagnosed autistic/ADHD mom. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodiverse family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. A blogger, podcaster, writer, product creator, and coach; Kori shares autism family life- the highs, lows, messy, and real. Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori is on a mission to empower moms of autistic children to make informed parenting decisions with confidence and conviction.

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